Four Chaplains at First Baptist Shelton Feb. 3, 2019

Seymour Veterans to Present Four Chaplains Program in Shelton

First Baptist Church of Shelton, CT
178 Leavenworth Rd, Shelton
SUNDAY Feb. 3, 2019, from 2-3 pm.

On Sunday First Baptist Church of Shelton will host an inspiring program to honor the memory and contributions of four World War II chaplains. Together on Feb. 3, 1943, these four men of God – Methodist, Jewish, Catholic, and Dutch-Reformed – worked selflessly together to share the love of God, sacrificing their own lives to help save troops and civilians aboard the sinking ship SS Dorchester.

“It will be a moving and memorable program, with sound, readings, and music,” says Seymour’s American Legion Post 10 Commander Mike Kearney, who organizes the event each year. “This will be an especially memorable year,” Mike adds, “because 2019 is the 100th anniversary of the American Legion.”

Participating and taking the parts of the Four Chaplains will be veterans from Seymour’s American Legion Post 10. Military honor guards from other local towns will also take part, along with Rev. Russell Lesiw of Seymour and Rev. Ken Smith, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Shelton. Rev. Lesiw now attends First Baptist Church of Shelton, and for twenty years has assisted with Post 10’s Four Chaplains events at locations around the Valley.

Individuals who enjoy singing are invited to arrive at 1pm and rehearse with the event choir, which will be led by Pat Lesiw.

Event Details
A free reception will follow. Parking is available on site. The church building also has an elevator and ramps for visitors using wheelchairs.

More Information
To learn more about the Four Chaplains and SS Dorchester, see, the website of the Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation, and on Facebook, “The Chapel of the Four Chaplains and the Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation” page (type Also see, where several videos are posted. These include the short video Four Chaplains 2019, by Wreaths across America.

Note: The Four Chaplains images have been used courtesy of the Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation.


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